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Title

Woman gathering fruit and the savage

circa 1893

Artist

Paul Gauguin

France

07 Jun 1848 - 08 May 1903

  • Details

    Other Title
    Woman picking fruit and the savage
    Alternative title
    Femme cueillant des fruits et oviri
    Date
    circa 1893
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    woodcut
    Edition
    Guerin 49, one of six proofs known.
    Dimensions
    10.5 x 8.9 cm image; 18.2 x 14.6 cm sheet (irreg)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1981
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    132.1981
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Paul Gauguin

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  • About

    'Oviri', a ceramic stoneware sculpture by Paul Gauguin, probably made in France in 1894-1895, has the same title as a woodcut of the same period. 'Oviri' (the savage) is a term Gauguin used to refer to himself. On his second visit to Tahiti, Gauguin took the block for the woodcut. The print is a combination of that block and another, a composition of woman and fruit. The elements refer to the original sin - Eve picking the apple from the tree of knowledge - but with Gauguin these carry a broader association with fertility. Gauguin played a major role in the revival of the art of the woodcut. The print was once owned by a friend of Gauguin, Georges Daniel de Monfreid. All impressions from this block are on thin 'japon' paper and were made by Gauguin himself.

    AGNSW Handbook, 1994

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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